Helen Gurley Brown dies: 'Cosmopolitan' magazine editor was 90
The iconic publishing trailblazer led the feminist movement with her revolutionary "Sex and the Single Girl," published in 1962 -- a year before Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique."
With "Single Girl" and, later, "Cosmo," Gurley Brown advocated what become the model for "Sex and the City": encouraging single women to focus on their careers and enjoy sexual relationships outside of marriage.
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Hearst Magazines president David Carey called Gurley Brown "an inspiration [and] a true success story," adding, that her "her energy, enthusiasm and true passion for women's issues unleashed a platform for women worldwide. She brought the subject that every woman wanted to know about but nobody talked about, to life, literally, in Cosmo's pages."
A memorial is scheduled for this fall, said Hearst CEO Frank Bennack.